THE LONGER VERSION OF MY BIO:
I was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland and am still in love with the city of crabcakes, steamy summers, and ethnic neighborhoods. (What’s not to love about a city that names its football team after an Edgar Allan Poe character?)
Baltimore was the setting of my debut contemporary women’s fiction book, Loves Me, Loves Me Not, my Bianca Balducci YA mystery series, my two adult mysteries, and more. Nearby Washington, DC is the setting for my comedy Fire Me!
To confuse my readers, I decided to write humorous books under the name Libby Malin and serious fiction under the name Libby Sternberg.
I earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music and also attended the summer American School of Music in Fontainebleau, France.
After graduating from Peabody, I worked as a Spanish gypsy, a Russian courtier, a Middle-Eastern slave, a Japanese Geisha, a Chinese peasant, and a French courtesan – that is, I sang as a union chorister in both Baltimore and Washington Operas, where I regularly had the thrill of walking through the stage doors of the Kennedy Center Opera House before being costumed and wigged for performance. I also sang with small opera and choral companies in the region.
Alas, singing didn’t pay all the bills so I turned to writing, working in a public relations office and then as a freelancer for various trade organizations and small newspapers.
During a period of self-unemployment, I took my sister’s advice and decided to pursue an unfulfilled dream – writing fiction. My first young adult novel, Uncovering Sadie’s Secrets, was a nominee for the prestigious Edgar Allan Poe award from Mystery Writers of America. I went on to write historical fiction, women's fiction, romantic comedy and more. All of my books have received critical acclaim, and my romantic comedy Fire Me was bought for film.
For many years, my family and I lived in Vermont, where I worked as an education reform advocate, contributed occasional commentaries to Vermont Public Radio and was a member of the Vermont Commission on Women. We now live in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
To read my random thoughts about writing, my books and life in general, visit my blog.
That's me during my opera days -- as Cherubino in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Peabody Conservatory of Music
I tell stories...
Funny stories, faith-filled stories, soulful stories, mystery stories... I love telling stories.
I write historical fiction, adult contemporary fiction, humorous women's fiction, and young adult mystery under different names. I've self-published and been published by Harlequin, Sourcebooks, Dorchester, Five Star, and Bancroft Press. Whatever the genre or the name on the cover, I tell stories filled with love and wonder, and an appreciation of all life has to offer. Thanks for stopping by. Libby Sternberg
THE SHORT VERSION OF MY BIO:
Libby Sternberg is an Edgar finalist, a Launchpad Prose Top 50 finalist, and a BookLife quarter finalist twice. She writes historical fiction, women’s fiction and more under the names Libby Sternberg and Libby Malin, and one of her romantic comedies was bought for film. Her novel Sloane Hall, a retelling of Jane Eyre, was one of only 14 books highlighted in the Huffington Post on the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Bronte's birth.